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Today's Top Stories Monday May 28th


Memorial Day Ceremonies

The Bath VA Medical Center will host a special Memorial Day program 10am today at Bath National Cemetery.  The public is invited to participate and walk through the cemetery afterwards where they can view more than 15,000 flags placed by fifth grade classes at Dana Lyon to honor our fallen soldiers. In Hammondsport, a veteran's honor roll memorial takes place 10am at the Hammondsport Village Square with a service following afterward at Elmwood Cemetery. Elmira will host a parade begins this morning at 9:30 to be followed by a memorial service at Woodlawn National Cemetery at 11.m.Cornell will hold its Memorial Day Parade 9:30 at the East Main Street Bridge.


Bath man Arrested for DWI

A Bath man is behind bars of the Yates County Jail and faces several charges, after allegedly fleeing a traffic stop on 54A in Jerusalem. John Hilligus took off on his motorcycle after being stopped by Deputies then pulled over 5 miles away. Deputies say he failed sobriety tests then charged with speeding, refusal to comply, and DWI. Hilligus is held on $5,000 bail.

Cornell Cooperative Extension celebrates 100 years
The holiday is the unofficial start of the summer and just in time for the season, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben announced it will be celebrating its centennial by holding a set of lectures and events for the community to enjoy. “What the Earth Asks of Us," will be held next month, “Honeybee Democracy,” and many more lectures. Howard Community Center will hold 100-year celebration Chicken Barbecue July 22nd at 1pm. CCE-Steuben will hold its Centennial Celebration September 14th at the Pleasant Valley Winery in Hammondsport. Good more details and events please visit putknowledgetowork.org.

Sodus Infant Still Missing
The search continues for 14-month-old Owen Hidalgo-Calderon of Wayne County following an Amber Alert issued for the child and a weekend of searching by police and 200 volunteers. The body of Owen's mother Selena was found in the woods near a farm where she lived and worked for about 4 weeks prior to her disappearance. Both mother and son were last seen alive May 16th.  Anyone with information about Owen's whereabouts is urged to come forward to authorities. Worked Justice of New York created a GoFundMe page for Selena's family https://www.gofundme.com/support-estela-and-her-family.

Law Enforcment Crack Down for Holiday Weekend
Police across the state continue patrols to crack down on intoxicated and unsafe driving for the last day of Memorial Day holiday weekend. If you are out driving today, expect sobriety checkpoints. Non-emergency-related road and bridge construction work remain suspended until 6am tomorrow morning to minimize traffic during one of the busiest travel holidays of each year. Last year, State Police made 237 arrests for driving while intoxicated over the Memorial Day weekend.

State agreement with United University Professions
Governor Cuomo has announced that his administration has reached a six-year contract agreement with the United University Professions, the nation's largest higher education union serving more than 35,000 SUNY employees. The contract agreement includes 2 percent wage increases each year through 2021-2022 with access to new Paid Family Leave benefits, and establishes an adjunct minimum compensation. This is the first labor union agreement with the state that includes Paid Family Leave benefits since the policy took effect on January 1, 2018.


Flags at Half-Staff for Assemblyman Farrell

Flags on all state government buildings will be flown at half-staff Tuesday in honor of Assemblyman Denny Farrell. The 86-year-old died Saturday. Farrell served 42 years in state government. Many considered him a fixture. Farrell was first elected in 1975 and headed the Assembly banking committee and later Ways & Means. He spearheaded legislation that required banks to offer low-cost checking accounts and created a free state consumer hotline for credit card rate and fee information.

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